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Maries County sees increase in ‘illicit drug use’

The Maries County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about the increased use of heroin and other drugs in the mid-Missouri community.

A post on Sheriff Chris Heitman’s Facebook page from Monday reads, “We are seeing an increase of youth and adult illicit drug use, and especially the nonmedical use of prescription medication.”

The sheriff lists the following as possible signs someone you know might be using drugs:
— Changes in sleep patterns (insomnia or sleeping more than usual)
— Depression
— Grades suffer or a lack of interest in school
— Issues at work
— Lack of personal hygiene
— Loss of appetite
— Lying or stealing
— Personality changes (anger, paranoia, confusion, moodiness, etc.)
— Poor concentration
— Secretiveness
— Skipping school or work
— Withdrawal from normal activities

“I would much rather help an individual than put them in jail. However, I would much rather put them in jail than in a body bag!” the post continues.

If you suspect someone you know is abusing drugs, you can call the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group at 1-800-351-TIPS.

For more information on drug abuse treatment centers, you can call 1-888-575-9531.

You can also call the Maries County Sheriff’s Office for help at 573-422-3381.

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